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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day 2019

National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community. ​​​Since 1996 around 25 million trees have been planted with
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Operating profits up for NZ forestry

Operating profit for New Zealand’s agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries combined increased NZ$1.0 billion (up 22.1%) to NZ$5.6 billion in the 2018 financial year, Stats NZ said. Source: Timberbiz Food product manufacturing, and grocery, liquor, and tobacco product wholesaling
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Forestworks’ new training package projects

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has approved three new training packages. Projects and Forestworks is seeking expressions of interest for the Technical Advisory Committee members for the projects. Source: Timberbiz The three new training projects are: – New Harve
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Australia’s Per Capita Recession – welcome to the QE era

We might think the main economic news in Australia right now is interest rates and the new historic low cash rate of 1.00%. It is big news of course, but the really significant issue is why it has occurred. The Australian economy is in a consumption decline that sees the Reserve Bank
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VEAC accused of simplistic view of conservation

VEAC’s concept of conservation in Central West Victoria is simplistic, ignores the historic role of Aborigines in forest management and will do little to protect threatened species, according to a community forest group. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Instead, an expert panel sh
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RFA paper misrepresents native forestry says IFA

The RFA modernisation paper understates the existing levels of protection for biodiversity in Victoria and misrepresents the role of the state’s native forest timber industry, according to the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA). Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The paper bo
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US-China trade war impacts forest products

The trade war between the US and China has impacted US exporters of forest products to China. China’s economy slowed during 2018 and early 2019, causing the total value of imported wood pulp, lumber and logs to decline by just over 10% from the first four months of 2018 to the same pe
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Russia starts on its first CLT plant

On 25 June, Oleg Kuvshinnikov, Governor of the Vologda Region, and Mikhail Shamolin, President and Board Chairman of Segezha Group, launched the construction of the first CLT manufacturing plant to be built in Russia. Source: Timberbiz The Governor and the Head of the company took par
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Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council forum in Japan

More than 150 delegates from across the Asia-Pacific region met at the 2019 SGEC (Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council)/PEFC International Forest Certification Forum in Japan which was held in Tokyo on 24 June 2019. Source: Timberbiz The forum commemorated the 20th anniversary of PEFC
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